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Trouble Sleeping after Hysterectomy

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Why am I having trouble sleeping since my hysterectomy, and what can I do about it?Why am I having trouble sleeping since my hysterectomy, and what can I do about it?


It is not uncommon for women to find it difficult to sleep following a hysterectomy. There are several reasons for sleeping issues, but thankfully there are several tips for managing insomnia after hysterectomy.

Reasons for insomnia after a hysterectomy include the stress surrounding surgery, the changes in your routine before and after your hysterectomy, the effects of the anesthesia, pain and discomfort, and hormonal issues. Many of these should resolve shortly after your hysterectomy, but some issues may take a bit longer to resolve.

While your body is adjusting to the surgery and all the changes involved, you may find you are only able to get a few hours of sleep each night. Even if you are able to fall asleep, you may not be able to stay asleep. You may wake up from night sweats, pain, needing to go to the bathroom, restless legs, and more.

Depending on why you think you can’t sleep, there are several tricks to help you get more rest. You can try walking a bit each day, work to find the right hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and even nurture your inner self. For night sweats, you can use a fan and wear a cotton gown. If you are uncomfortable, add more pillows and use effective pain management. A sleep aid and the right bedtime snack may also help. Initially, naps can be helpful, but napping too often or too close to bedtime can make night time sleeping more difficult.

Though sleep issues could persist for a while, sleep and rest after hysterectomy are important for a good recovery. If you find your sleep issues last for more than a couple weeks or you are so exhausted you can't function, be sure to talk to your doctor.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-27-2015 - 04:31 PM


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